SOCIETY (BEAUTY ("A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman…
Ester's character is able to accept the fact that she is mentally ill and needs to take care of herself. She shows the beauty of accepting the struggles you have to bear.
Meursault's character shows the beauty of seeing reality and being uncensored. His blunt personality helps the reader see the beauty in actually being yourself and not "faking it".
"A Noiseless Patient Spider" by Walt Whitman
The spider is able to choose its own path. The beauty of being able to choose your own path, being free to do so.
"Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, / Till the bridge you will need be form’d, till the ductile anchor hold, / Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O my soul."
The spider is being used as a metaphor for a person's soul, who tries to find their place in society; something to keep oneself anchored. This poem helps illustrate the beauty of being able to find a place in this world among a sea of others.
"Myth of Sisyphus" (Essay) by Albert Camus
Sisyphus was able to experience the beauty of living his life to the fullest without regrets, despite being subjected to an eternal punishment in the underworld. His experience shows the beauty of being about to live a fulfilling life and those memories being more powerful than some punishment.
Both Sisyphus and Meursault lived their lives the way they wanted to without caring for the consequences that would ensue.
Holden sees the beauty in preserving the innocence in childhood and doesn't want to give that up by transitioning into adulthood. Through this mindset, we can see the beauty in appreciating this moment in life.
After We Collided by Anna Todd
Within this story, the main character Tessa faces tough situations she suffers from a relationship in the past. The experiences the beauty of falling for someone and bearing the hardships that come along with it. She experiences a beautiful relationship at some points, which she cherishes while it lasts.
Tessa was able to experience a true sense of love, despite the relationship being somewhat toxic. Despite all of the warnings, she was able to experience something true to herself and the beauty of feeling something that was real to her. She lived her life the way she wanted to in that moment and she found the beauty within the moments that she was happy.
"Epicurus" by The Pursuit of Happiness Inc.
Epicureanism details the beauty of living your life to the fullest in order to be happy. And in order to achieve the ultimate goal of happiness, you have to release your fear of death and experience the beauty of life. Letting go of this fear will help you live a happy life, according to Epicurus. His philosophy is to help people understand the importance in letting go of these fears and being able to indulge in worldly pleasures that make them truly happy within that moment, indulging in the beauty that life has to offer.
Murder in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
Two women in Paris are murdered in their home through violent acts. They are completely destroyed and are barely recognizable when the investigation is in session. They are murdered and savagely thrown away after the act. The evil assassin in question covers up his tracks well.
Such a crime is considered so evil because of the murder. This short story describes the malicious deeds of said murderer and the story behind solving this crime
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Meursault ends up murdering the Arab in cold blood. Although there was no "evil" intent behind his motive to murder the Arab, Meursault committed an evil crime in the eyes of society.
Camus makes the reader wonder whether Meursault's character is somewhat evil and cold because of his reactions towards certain situations. He murders the Arab without any hint of remorse for his actions, which makes the reader question his character in his morality. Is Meursault an evil man?
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Macbeth faces the evil act of committing murder in order to fulfill his selfish desires of keeping the crown to himself. His character faces the struggle of submitting to the evil desires that have flourished in his being. All throughout the play, his character is seen struggling against this derision that he faces.
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
The family ends up encountering a group of murderers who murder all of the members one by one. Despite committing heinous acts of murder, the grandmother finds it in her heart to forgive the men that murdered her family by finding the good in a seemingly evil man. She believes that no one is truly ever evil by the end of her time .
The grandmother is later able to find the beauty of forgiving the men that murdered her family and being able to leave her life in peace, knowing she was able to forgive and see the good in the men. She was able to see the beauty is each person and use that to forgive them.
The Bell Jar - Self-harm : struggling against the temptation of damaging herself (fighting the evil nagging).
Attempted suicide according to the older time period shows your insanity. Most believed that suicide would result in being damned to hell.
Ester struggles with her attempts at suicide and not succumbing to the urge that she fights.
Both Macbeth and Ester struggle to fight against their urges to create some sort of damage either to themselves or the people around them. This in turn, causes for them to slowly go a little mad as they struggle and slowly deteriorate. The evil of temptation ends up testing their self-control.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
At this time in her life, Ester struggles with the idea of keeping a façade that hides her inner conflict with mental illness. Her character in general defies the social norms of that time period. She thinks about not wanting to get married at all and denying the one man that could keep her stable; he could give her the life that any woman should have looked forward to. The 1950s were a time of housewives and Ester completely polarized this idea.
The societal pressures of seeming to be fine. It's wrong to be someone who struggles with issues because you're expected to be composed and prepared for whatever comes at you.
There is an expectance of conforming to the rules created by society itself. It's taboo to not follow these unspoken rules.
Meursault himself is seen as the odd one out with his uncensored personality. His lack of enthusiasm to certain situations causes for judgement from the rest of society.
Ester completely defied the expectations set for herself. A young woman in the 1950s isn't expected to take up an opportunity to become further educated through an internship in New York City. She's expected to become a good housewife and become a docile creature.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Holden's character in the novel faces changes from childhood into adulthood based on society's expectations and slightly defying them. He constantly tries to preserve the innocence of childhood by acting like one, despite getting frustrating talks from the adults around him. He refuses to conform with the expectation of acting like an adult at his age.
Both Ester and Holden struggle to conform with the societal pressures of their environments and struggle through their transition into adulthood.
"Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch" by John Tierney
This article explains the computer simulation theory, in which people believe that our lives are controlled a greater being. This argument makes the case that the society and lives that we live are just a simulation created by something of a higher intellectuality. Everything we know about society and the things we do are all apart of a simulation. From this, everything that goes on within our society is decided by this simulation. The decisions made within our society are all created by this one simulation run by something of greater power.